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The title of Bill Maher's comedy special, Be More Cynical, is addressed at the beginning, where he says that we've become too stupid and need to look at things in a more realistic, pessimistic sense. It was only two years ago I saw Bill Maher as an unfunny comedian with a clear political bias in his material. It wasn't until I began watching his weekly HBO program Real Time With Bill Maher that I realized he is a seriously insightful, entertaining personality with an honesty that few people possess. His comedy special, Bill Maher: Be More Cynical was shot in 2000, a big time in politics seeing as the presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore was going on and controversial issues such as gay marriage and abortion were being raised more prominently in the public eye. Maher, who openly dislikes both men, refers to the election as "Bore and Gush." He cements how he doesn't like Bush for his simplicity and Gore for being over-the-top with issues and a poor representative of the Democrats. As he goes on, he continues his laundry-list of rants on topics such as religion and social issues, making this special have more of a social-critique than a political-critique. Regardless, Maher never runs out of steam and the result is a pleasing, if a big redundant, special focusing on a key-point in American politics when things were about to get shaken in terms of the economic, social, and political agenda.
Starring: Bill Maher. Directed by: Kevin Truesdell.
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